We would like to welcome Mushtaq Mahmood, MD to the North Ohio Heart and Ohio Medical Group family! Dr. Mahmood specializes in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and treats patients of all ages: from pediatric and adolescent care through adulthood.
During adolescence, so many things are changing physically, hormonally, emotionally and psychologically. In order to have a good relationship with a teenage patient, a physician must be honest, transparent and confidential with the teen. Making sure the teenager is growing up and taking control of their health is a very delicate situation in which parents, the doctor, and the teenager must all be involved in.Recently, Dr. Mahmood discussed what it is like being a physician to teenagers as they face changes transitioning from childhood to adulthood.
Parents, the doctor, and the teenager all want a common goal; for the adolescent to be successful in life. Some topics that are discussed in the office are those that the parents don’t want to discuss in front of the teenager, and some topics the teenager does not want to talk about in front of their parents.
Physicians of teenagers are the common ground when it comes to uncomfortable topics between parents and adolescents, such as drugs, alcohol, sexual relationships (STDs and teen pregnancy) and eating disorders. Adolescent physicians try to bridge this gap, while giving the best solution to the issue.
Going through the adolescent years are hard enough as it is. This is why the patient-doctor relationship can be very important to ensuring that the teenager is healthy, happy and informed about potential health risks. As parents, you must make sure that your teen is comfortable with their doctor, and willing to tell them things they may not want to talk to you about.
Contact Dr. Mahmood to make an appointment for your adolescent today!
About the physician: Dr. Mushtaq Mahmood is Board Eligible in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Mahmood sees patients of all ages in our Elyria office and adult patients in our Lorain office.